We reported last time that Apple and motor company Tesla were fighting for the same employees and that even previous workers who worked at Apple hopped over to work for Tesla. New reports are claiming that the Cupertino-based company is hiring employees from rival Korean-based company Samsung. According to The Korea Times, Apple is looking to hire people to work on visual and signal processing management for their upcoming technology.

According to a source, Apple has hired Samsung personnel and offers great benefits and competitive salaries. Thus, being the reason why workers from Samsung agreed to move over to Apple. It was noted that Apple was looking for chip experts working at Samsung.

"Some of our personnel have been hired by Apple. They now work at Apple's headquarters in San Jose, Calif.," said one official, adding that Apple offers highly-competitive benefits and large annual paychecks.

"Those former Samsung workers are given greater independence to proceed with their tasks. Apple prefers to use Samsung's chip experts because they are very diligent, mission-oriented and are prepared to acquire new knowledge," said another official.
Other reports are saying that Apple has been recruiting battery experts from other companies as well for their automotive team. The members are apparently working in a research lab close to their Cupertino headquarters. However, it was noted that the company is currently facing lawsuits from key battery engineers over at A123 Systems. Samsung’s name appeared in the lawsuit as well as being a company Apple has been approaching battery engineers from.

Apple's appetite for hiring former Samsung personnel has expanded to the battery arena as the Cupertino-based company is reportedly developing electric vehicles, which means Apple needs battery experts. […]

"As the electric vehicle business is a new one, Apple needs patents and experts in battery technology. Top human resources firms have been approaching Samsung's battery experts, individually, and I think such human exchange moves are a win-win for both," said the official.
Source: The Korea Times